Spencer Fane Adds Dennis Lueck, Steptoe Opens New Offices in Texas

Law Firm Updates

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Dennis Lueck has joined the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group as a partner in the firm’s Denver office. 

Lueck combines robust compliance experience with a proven track record of strong litigation strategies to help clients in the financial services industry protect their assets and maximize collections in an efficient and cost-effective manner. He regularly litigates matters involving individual class and mass consumer claims arising under federal laws such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, as well as state fair lending, collection and deceptive trade practice laws. This includes first chair responsibilities at the trial level in addition to appellate experience. 

In addition, Lueck also routinely handles consumer arbitrations and counsels clients on responses to requests from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

The Judiciary

Mayor Michael B. Hancock has received the following three nominees for Denver County Court Judge from the Denver County Court Judicial Nomination Commission: Michael Angel, Kelly Cherry and Judy Estrada.

The Mayor will interview the nominees and announce his selection on or before Aug. 27, 2021. The appointment will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Adam Espinosa.

The 13th Judicial District Nominating Commission will Sept. 13, 2021, via Webex to select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of county judge for Sedgwick County. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Judge Craig Dolezal. The vacancy will occur on Oct. 1, 2021.

The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a district court judgeship created by the retirement of Judge Jann Patrice DuBois. The vacancy will occur on Oct. 8, 2021. Nominees Samuel Evig and Marika Frady, both of Colorado Springs; and William Moller of Woodland Park were selected by the commission on Aug. 6, 2021.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from Aug. 9, 2021, within which to appoint one of the nominees as district court judge for the 4th Judicial District serving El Paso and Teller counties.

Movers & Shakers

Steptoe & Johnson LLP opened new offices in Dallas, San Antonio and Collin County, Texas. The offices join The Woodlands location for a total of four Texas locations, and 18 overall. The offices open with 11 attorneys and additional attorneys are expected to join the firm in the coming months. 

“This is the single largest geographic expansion in the firm’s 108-year history. These locations represent a strategic investment for the firm to better serve our existing clients in Texas and widen our scope of services to new clients,” said Steptoe & Johnson CEO, Christopher L. Slaughter.  

Mark D. Masters, JD, AEP, was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors for the Society of Financial Service Professionals at the annual meeting of the membership on August 5. His position becomes effective Sept. 1. 

Masters is of counsel with Glatstein & O’Brien, a Denver law firm. His practice focuses on estate, tax, and business planning, estate and trust administration, and planned charitable giving. He has been a continuing education instructor and program planner for Colorado attorneys since 1992 and was recognized for his efforts with the Doyle Award of Excellence by the Colorado Bar Association. 

Masters is an adjunct faculty member in the paralegal department of Arapahoe Community College and a lab instructor at the University of Denver College of Law. He is recognized as a Colorado Superlawyer by ColoradoBiz magazine. Masters is past president of FSP’s Rocky Mountain Chapter.

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